This year's BIGSOUND is edging closer and closer and today comes the first announcement for the 2019 line-up, with the event today announcing their first round of international speakers and buyers.
Nettwerk Music Group CEO and co-founder Terry McBride is the first announced keynote speaker for this year's event. Nettwerk is home to Canada’s largest independent record label, artist management and music publishing company, and has worked with the likes of Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Dido and and more.
"BIGSOUND has been on my to-do list for many years and it’s so exciting to come back to Australia and to check out potential new acts for the Nettwerk Roster," shares McBride.
"Everybody thinks Nettwerk is an Australian label, after all we have 17 Artists from Australia/New Zealand signed already. The fact is we are lovers of good music and data. When you combine those two things together then you understand the power of music and its ability to create a community that goes beyond physical borders.
"Australia is a big part of that global community and BIGSOUND is where the world goes to discover Australian music."
Also confirmed to attend BIGSOUND 2019 is Radio 1 & BBC Music Introducing's Abbie McCarthy, Sub Pop Records' Bekah Zietz Flynn, Live Nation UK/Download Festival's Kamran Haq, Mom + Pop Music's Suzanna Slavin and stacks more.
"Australia has a global reputation for being at the forefront of new music in the southern hemisphere and BIGSOUND is where the music community comes for connection," says BIGSOUND programmer Tom Larkin.
"With this announcement we're really pleased to help facilitate major opportunities for attending artists and their teams. This year’s buyers are arriving here armed with the expectation that the conversations they begin here will define the future of Music on a worldwide level."
BIGSOUND will take over Brisbane's Fortitude Valley from 3-6 September - this year shifting its hub to the Cloudland venue - with artist applications now extended to 16 May. Check out the full list first announcement of speakers and buyers below, and head here to find out more about this year's event.
BIGSOUND 2019 Speakers & Buyers
Keynote: Terry McBride - Nettwerk (Can)
Abbie McCarthy – Radio 1 & BBC Music Introducing (UK)
Adam Kreeft – The Feldman Agency (Can)
Anamaria Diaz – Páramo (COL)
Andy Snape – Raw Power Management (USA)
Bekah Zietz Flynn – Sub Pop Records (USA)
Ben Coleman – Green Man Festival (UK)
Ben Morris – Domino Creative Sync (USA)
Brid Walpole – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Brendan Moylan – ECO (MEX)
Casey O'Shaughnessy – Select Music (AUS)
Ellie Jones – Stay Loose PR (UK)
Fabrício Nobre - Festival Bananada (BRA)
Jamila Lyndon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Jon Halperin – The Glass House (USA)
Kamran Haq – Live Nation UK / Download Festival (UK)
Kim Frankiewicz – Concord Music (UK)
Kiran Patel – A&G Sync (UK)
Kristin Genovese – Third Side Music (USA)
Matt Brinkworth – Omnian Music Group (USA)
Michael Nieves – Sugaroo (USA)
Mike Ajayi – AMF Records / Virgin EMI (UK)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nando Machado – ForMusic (BRA)
Natasha Parish – Ground Control Touring (USA)
Nick Holroyd – Primary Talent International (UK)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Paul Brindley – Music Ally (UK)
Shannon Kurlander – Terrorbird Media (USA)
Suzanna Slavin – Mom + Pop Music (USA)